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Responsibility to God

This commentary is taken from Ephesians chapter 4.

We are told to live a life that is worthy of God’s call upon us. Every person who receives Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior has the privilege of knowing beyond all doubt that God has a specific-to-you purpose and plan for you life. He will tell you what the plan is, enable you to carry it out, and walk with you in the step by step lifelong process of doing so. Nothing is ever left to chance with God!

We learn in God’s Word that the Plan begins with definite commandments from him. The first and greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and the second greatest command is to love your neighbor as yourself.

By obeying these commands, which, by the way, God helps you to do, you demonstrate that you are responsible to God. His claim on you comes before any person, place, or thing.  As you love God, you will seek him out more and more for his help. This brings the fruits of his Holy Spirit more and more into your daily life. You will bear witness of his fruit by showing things like patience, peace, gentleness, and love in your actions. Pleasing God will be prevalent in your thoughts. You will know that his way is the best way.

Keep in mind that Christ is your ruler. His authority over you is supreme. He will let you know exactly who your human authorities are. He may cause you to be someone else’s authority, and this task is only successful when you submit it to the Lord’s authority. You are working toward a mature, Spirit-filled life where you know what God wants, and you do it. As you receive gifts from God to do the work he made you to do, and grow in asking him back how to use the gifts, you will be demonstrating God’s love and power to other people. You will automatically be bringing people together in faith and unity. You don’t need to think up things to “make” people understand God. As you do the special work God made for you, it helps others learn about God. So when you do your work, do it for Christ. Do it from love for him. It is his responsibility to use your obedience in other peoples’ lives. Go ahead and test this! Seek the Lord and what pleases him. See how other people resond. They will respond to you . . . and you will know they are responding to the Lord in you . . . and you will be thankful and filled with joy. It’s a promise.

In God’s strength, not ours, let his will be done on earth as it is in heaven.


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